February 1st, 2017 marked he first day of the 2017 Exposure Photography Festival. Last year I did a post of my favourite exhibitions and events. With the festival in its 13th year it has a wide range of exhibitions with some events to keep you busy all month long. Unfortunately I won’t be able to see all of them but these are what I’ve planned to see for 2017.
All images and text from the Exposure Photography Festival website.
VIKKY ALEXANDER, IAIN BAXTER, FRED HERZOG, GEOFFREY JAMES, AND DANNY SINGER – MAKING PICTURES
February 4 – March 4
Opening Reception February 4, 2:00 PM
Making Pictures is a group exhibition featuring selected works ranging from Fred Herzog’s, Geoffrey James’ and Iain Baxter’s poignant and perceptive records of street life, urban settings, and unique architectural sites, through to Vikky Alexander’s seductive and ironic critiques of consumer culture, and Danny Singer’s renderings of main streets in prairie towns meticulously composed with their trompe l’oeil effects suggesting architectural models of small-town streetscapes. Many of these works are being shown to Calgary audiences for the first time. While the genre of photography collectively unites these works, the approaches employed by each artist varies, and we hope that the exhibition precipitates discussion not only about the content of the work, but also about the how each work was made.
JEREMY FOKKENS – BACK TO THE LAND
February 1 – March 31
Opening Reception February 8, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
In August 2014, Fokkens began his ten year photographic journey travelling to small towns and remote areas with a plan to visit all ten provinces and three territories across Canada photographing the people that call these places home. Fokkens was not interested in the big cities or the tourist attractions, he wanted to meet the people that make this country what it is today and to show a different face of Canada. He sought out people who farm, fish, keep bees and run local stores in their day-to-day rural life. He learned that the people he met cared about where they came from, and respected their way of life and the surrounding communities.
GEORGE WEBBER, KYLER ZELENY, CHRIS MALLOY, GREG GERLA – ALBERTA THROUGH THE BACK DOOR
February 10 – April 7
Opening Reception February 10, 6:00 PM
Alberta Through the Back Door brings together the work of three photographers that challenge and document an increasingly complicated vision of Alberta. In Kyler Zeleny’s series Crown Ditch and the Prairie Castle, forgotten views and back corners are intimately framed to highlight the West’s complicated relationship with its pioneering past. Chris Malloy’s Rurban Landscapes tease us, uprooting what we expect out of a rural scene and reframing relics of Calgary’s quaint history within big prairie skies. Greg Gerla’s documentation is a visual diary of daily life in Alberta while George Webber gets an eyeful of Calgary’s feral side.
JULIE VINCENT AND CHRIS TAIT – TRIPPING THE STREETS FANTASTIC: TOKYO
February 4 – March 31, 2017
Opening Reception February 11, 5:00 PM
For the fifth year of their ongoing international street photography project, Julie and Chris travelled to Tokyo Japan, he largest city in the world, and one of the most important cities in the history of street photography. Tokyo’s complex, confusing, vibrant, weird, intensely distracting, busy, colourful, noisy and utterly intoxicating character made for a unique photography experience. Few places in the world can offer the challenges and delights of Tokyo, Japan. Unique experiences abound amid the complex, sometimes contradictory culture; its undercurrent of procedure and expectation is codified and remains, for outsiders, at the very edge of view and nearly impossible to comprehend. With its multitude of distractions, from immaculately maintained parkways to cosplay-clad youths, lies an constant undercurrent of order and a structure of manners. Examining themes of space, place, privacy and social separation through a candid lens, Vincent and Tait continue their conversation about traditional and modern approaches to street photography.
JUXTAPOSITION – TAKING IT DOWN UNDER – DAVID LEECH
February 4 – 26
Opening Reception February 12, 12:00 PM
We’ve taken Juxtaposition down under this year – cityscapes from the shaky South Pacific islands of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Auckland under construction, rebuilding Christchurch, around the Octagon in Dunedin. How did Wellington fare a magnitude 7.8, does art deco hold up in Napier, is there anything old left in New Plymouth? Great new shots include Pagoda Gold, Stairway to Heaven, Glass Barrel, and Stepping Up. Challenging your concept of architectural photography – context, perception, dimension, angle, space and time. Not to mention colour…
CAMOUFLAGE (HULINHJÁLMSTEINN) – SARAH FULLER
February 4 – March 18, 2017
Opening Reception February 18, 1:00 PM
Sarah Fuller earned a BFA from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver after completing her first two years of study at the University of Manitoba, School of Fine Arts. In the Summer of 2011, Sarah attended the XVII Advanced Course in Visual Arts Dream Seminar II with Susan Hiller at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy. Sarah’s current work explores layers of history and narrative through the use of the photographic object. An underlying feature in her work is displacement – be it physical, psychological or constructed. In Camouflage (Hulinhjálmsteinn), she is exploring mimicry and camouflage as a way to assimilate into a foreign landscape. This work represents a conceptual exploration of what it means to be from one place but have ties to another.
ACAD STUDENTS AND ALUMNI – BLIND SPOT: BLACKOUT
February 26 – March 4, 2017
Opening Reception February 28, 5:00 PM
Black Out, In darkness we hold our secrets. Based on the common belief that information is power, information suppression is an attempt to exercise our abilities to overpower. We are living in a time of information overload yet there is more than ever a sense of censorship and carefully curated information. Blackout is a juried exhibition by ACAD students and alumni that explores the concept of darkness and secrecy. Juried by Naomi Potter, Director of Esker Foundation.
DIANA THORNEYCROFT – O CANADA (I’M SORRY)
February 4 – April 2
Opening Reception February 4, 7:00 PM
Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft is no stranger to thought provoking work. The tabletop tableaus that she creates and then skillfully photographs evoke emotions that range from whimsical and amusing to controversial and disturbing.
This exhibition is selected from four bodies of Thorneycroft’s work that deal with Canadian identity, culture and history. It explores the relationship between the Canadian landscape and national identity by incorporating iconic animals, imagery and personalities.
DEREK BISBING & KIRSTEN COSTOULAS – GOODNIGHT
February 7 – 28
Opening Reception February 16, 6:00 PM
Goodnight is a photographic exhibition of Japan after dark. Explore the shadows and light, and the stories that come to life when night falls in the Land of the Rising Sun. Featuring works by local photographers, Derek Bisbing and Kirsten Costoulas, Goodnight presents nocturnal Japanese scenes that captured their imaginations. The images in this collection showcase a culture brimming with tradition and history, buzzing with technology and innovation, equally lit by paper lanterns and neon lights. Oyasumi!
ANDREW MILLAR – BRANCHING OUT
February 4 – February 26, 2017
As a departure from his previous large scale pieces Andrew Millar is presenting a series of intimate forest portraits for his 9th Exposure show. Forests have always been a key part of his environment; growing up in the Cornish woodlands, living in the interior forests of BC and now exploring the foothills of Alberta. Unique as the trees themselves, Andrew is showing traditional cyanotype prints on watercolour paper for Branching Out. Please join us at Inglewood Fine Arts for this exciting show.
Andrew will be present to meet and discuss with visitors from 2 – 4 pm on the following dates:
Saturday February 4
Friday February 10
Sunday February 19
ONE NEW WORK – M.N. HUTCHINSON: THE LAST LONGEST DAY
Exhibition open until February 26
The third and final installment of the One New Work series focuses on senior Calgary artist M.N. Hutchinson and a project which began in 1999 with Hutchinson taking one photograph every minute of the day on the longest day of the millennium.
Selecting from more than 900 photos taken over 19 hours, the exhibition draws on film negatives, contact sheets and new photographic prints made with traditional darkroom methods to depict the adventures of a photographer exploring time and place.
NORTH OF ORDINARY – THE ARCTIC PHOTOGRAPHS OF GERALDINE AND DOUGLAS MOODIE
This exhibition will celebrate the remarkable work of Geraldine Moodie (1854-1945), western Canada’s first professional woman photographer. Starting in 1903, Geraldine accompanied her husband Douglas Moodie, a senior officer of the North-West Mounted Police, on expeditions to the NWMP detachment at Fullerton Harbour in Hudson Bay. The two Moodies were an inspired and complementary pair; she set up a studio in the police detachment house and took intimate portraits of the local Inuit community, while he (trained in photography by his wife) documented the landscape and his work with the Mounted Police.
The exhibition draws on an extraordinary 2015 donation to Glenbow of almost 500 vintage negatives from the Moodies, as well as the photographers’ diaries, reports, and photo registers. This gives us an almost-unheard-of opportunity to use the creators’ own words to describe their work.